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1 International Baccalaureate® Information Updated October 1, 2013

2  Non-profit organization  Diploma Program present in 3600 schools in 145 countries  Funded primarily through fees paid by IB World Schools

3  The International Baccalaureate® (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

4 IB Learner Profile IB learners strive to be: Inquirers They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives. Thinkers They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions. Communicators They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. Risk-takers They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

5 IB Learner Profile Principled They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them. Open-minded They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience. Caring They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. Balanced They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others. Reflective They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development. Knowledgeable They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

6  Increased rigor  IB embraces critical thinking, reading, writing, oral communication  Course score is not JUST one test on one day (like Advanced Placement), but uses work graded by the classroom teacher and a variety of types of assessments.  Work is scored using internationally- normed standards  Variety of ways to participate: IB Diploma, IBCC and IB Courses


8  Full IB Diploma  One or more individual IB courses  IB Career Related Certificate (IBCC)

9 Proven student engagement In a survey of more than 40,000 secondary school students, IB Diploma Programme students in grades 11 and 12 averaged 10% higher in academic, social and emotional engagement. Levels of academic engagement Levels of social engagement Source: High School Student Engagement Among IB and Non-IB Students in the United States: A Comparison Study, a report by International Baccalaureate, and analysis of 2009 HSSSE Results, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University.

10  ACT reports there is a higher correlation between taking challenging coursework and college success than student GPA and class rank  Recent brain research shows that being challenged promotes brain development—advantage throughout life  MANY studies show IB Diploma Candidates and IB Course students are better prepared for college!

11 Conclusions from study correlating IB Curriculum and Standards to College Readiness The conclusion of the studies undertaken for this project is that students who are exposed to the IB curriculum are learning material that is highly aligned with the expectations of university faculty and that in many cases IB standards exceed those expectations. (Taken from International Baccalaureate Standards Development and Alignment Project: Final Report, 2009) 11


13  At least three higher level (HL) courses—(all two-year courses): English, History, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Art, and possibly Music  2-3 standard level (SL) courses– (1-2 years): Math or Math Studies (2), Spanish (2), French (2), German (2), Chinese? (2), Environmental Systems & Societies (1), Integrated Technology in a Global Society (1), Psychology (1), Art (1), Music (1), and possibly Film (1)

14  Must have IB English, IB Modern Language, IB Math, IB Social Science, IB Science and (After that, sixth course can come from any IB subject area available)  Theory of Knowledge—Spring 11 th, fall 12 th  Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) activities to be well balanced person  Extended Essay—research paper up to 4000 words

15 11 th Grade  Option A IB Math 11 like Pre- Calculus +  Option B Math Studies 11 (Alg 2 +) Get advice from your current math teacher as to where you should be placed. 12 th Grade  IB Math 12 AKA Calculus  Math Studies 12

16  Information Technology in a Global Society  IB Elective at Summit Tech  One hour/day, either 5 th or 7 th  Need your own transportation  Counts as PRACTICAL ART for graduation

17  Extended Essay (EE)  Creativity, Action, Service (CAS)  Theory of Knowledge (ToK)

18 Extended essay  Acquaints diploma candidates with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected by universities  EE is NOT just a long report— analysis and evaluation is required  Can be a topic of discussion at admissions interviews—especially at schools familiar with IB Diploma  Students begin writing during junior year and complete it during February of the senior year. Diploma Programme © IBO 2002

19  ToK stimulates critical reflection on knowledge and experience  Students examine the grounds for moral, political and aesthetic judgments  Students attempt to answer the question “What do I know, and how do I know that I know it?”  ToK is taught second semester of junior year, first semester of senior year Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Diploma Programme The ory of Kn owl edg e exten ded es creati vity, action, servic e © IBO 2002

20 The whole person Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) 150 hours over 18 months A variety of activities assist students in becoming responsible, compassionate citizens in their communities Diploma Programme © IBO 2002 Theory of KnowledgeCreativity, Action, ServiceTheory of KnowledgeCreativity, Action, Service extended essayextended essay



23  IB Diploma  Currently, all IB exam fees (approximately $804) are paid for by the school district.  IB DP Course Student  Exam fees are paid for by the student. ◦ 1 exam = $265 ◦ Each additional exam = $108 ◦ Scholarship funds are available on a need basis.


25 IB Students in Postsecondary Education Page 25 *Source: US Census, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) of NCES, and the National Student Clearinghouse

26  Did this student take the most rigorous course of study available to them at your school?  If, not, why?  Common Application: Are you an IB Diploma Candidate?

27  Average %  UC Berkley 29  NYU 29  MIT 17  U Penn 22  Cornell 27  IB Students %  UC Berkley 60  NYU 76  MIT 42  U Penn 58  Cornell 70


29  Each college/university sets its own policy  Generally 4+ or 5+ earns college credit—sometimes more credit for higher score  Some schools accept Standard Level courses only if they are part of the IB Diploma  Can change from year to year

30  IB Diploma recipients automatically accepted to MSU  IB diploma + 27 ACT = honors college  $5000/year for ALL IB Diploma Recipients

31  30 + points on diploma= 30 hours of credit.  $2000/year scholarship for IB diploma-competitive  No diploma? HL courses with scores of 4+ = 3-4 hours credit

32  Actively pursuing the IB Diploma or IBCC qualifies you for in-state tuition  IB Diploma Recipients receive waiver of out of state tuition all 4 years  IB Diploma Recipients can receive credit for SL courses and ToK

33 The IB Career- related Certificate (IBCC)

34 Page 34 2-3 IB Diploma courses IB Core: approaches to learning; reflective project; community service; language development Vocational qualifications offered by school

35 Summit Technology Academy Programs  Medical Interventions/Biomedical Innovation (1 year; HBS pre-requisite)  Nursing (1 year; HBS pre-requisite)  Digital Electronics/Computer Integrated Manufacturing(1 year)  Engineering Design and Development Optional 2 nd year  Cisco Academy (1-2)  Cadet Teaching

36  Approaches to Learning Course will be taught at Summit Technology Academy  Reflective Project supervised at Summit Technology Academy  Career-related Service verified at your high school by IBCC Coordinator  Language Development (IB course, entry level courses, independent study)



39  Excellent Preparation for College  Potential to earn College Credit  Scholarships  Admissions  Sense of personal accomplishment  Desire to be among best students at LSHS.

40  achieving one of its major objectives, “preparing all students for university”.  “In short, students who participate successfully in IB should be well prepared to succeed in entry-level college general education courses and in some cases to have already learned material covered in such courses.”

41  When in college, IB DP students report feeling prepared to succeed and indeed excel in their coursework, often stating explicitly that their experiences in the program taught the specific skills and behaviors demanded of them in college.  chicago-students-attend-stay-college

42 Time Magazine Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006 How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century By Claudia Wallis and Sonja Steptoe “…. the International Baccalaureate Organization’s goal—“to prepare students to assume a meaningful role in today’s global society”—meshes well with Americans’ heightened awareness that they must compete for jobs with people on other continents, and that they need a world-class education to succeed.”

43  Nerve cells in the cortex of the brain “multiply and grow stronger as people learn and practice new skills.”  “Instead, children praised for trying hard or taking risks tend to enjoy challenges and find greater success”  Students should be rewarded for persistence, determination  Students who are rewarded for “being smart” may “shy away from hard assignments”  Some “smart” students are “vulnerable to coasting or easily frustrated when they don’t succeed.”


45 Fact:  Most IB and AS students are involved in at least one extra- curricular activity.  IB Diploma students document hours in creativity, action, and service.

46 Fact: IB students develop the skills necessary for academic success in both high school and college. Universities recognize IB coursework in admissions policies and scholarships.

47 Fact: IB classes are weighted, so they actually help your overall cumulative GPA, which also helps your class rank. Yes, colleges will often ask to see the unweighted GPA, but ultimately they want to see that you are taking the most challenging classes you can !

48 “IB classes have taught me to write efficiently, clearly and creatively.” “It’s more like an academic family than a bunch of classes! I feel a special bond with my classmates and the teachers.”

49 “I love the challenge of IB. It pushes you. I have learned HOW to think, not WHAT to think.” “ As an English major at an Ivy League University, I am definitely thankful for the IB classes I took. The IB classes helped me develop the writing, organizational and analytical skills that I needed to easily transition and succeed in my first year of college.”

50  “ Pursuing the IB diploma involves hard work, determination, organization and service to others. What better preparation for college? And in the process, there develops a genuine camaraderie, a community of interesting, involved and supportive students and teachers.”

51  Advanced classes  GPA matters  Second language acquisition  Graduation requirements: 1 fine art; 1 practical art; personal finance; 1 PE; health; 3 yrs. science, history, math; 4 yrs. English  Leave room for learning lab (4 semesters), and program classes  Consider summer school & online classes.

52 Click on “Information for Parents” University Recognition Directory


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